Kitch Art Prints

Kitch Art Prints

What is Kitsch, and what does it mean in art? It can reference paintings, art prints, decorative objects, or design, that are somewhat humorous or ironic in “low brow” taste. Artists such as Paul McCartney, John Currin, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, and more recently, Jim Lambie, are among the most well-known kitsch artists.

Kitsch can be described as cold and cynical, or sweet and sentimental. According to the Oxford art dictionary, kitsch is “art, objects or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way“. This is a vague definition, but it certainly implies negative notions of the genre. All art is subjective and as the saying goes, ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. 

Kitsch was a term almost exclusively used in Germany from 1860s to 1970. It originated to describe cheap, popular, marketable pictures. Think overdone effects and imitative styles, such as pulp fiction, comics or commercial art. It can be compared to other genres such as pop art or camp. For this reason, it is an art genre that is accessible and understandable to the general public. It doesn’t take a well-versed art critique to appreciate our Kitsch Art Prints.

As a modern phenomenon, it reflected social changes such as mass production, television, the rise of the middle class, urbanisation, the industrial revolution, and public education. Given the context, you can notice how kitsch art is inspired by the rise in consumerism, an interest in pop culture and the quest to highlight the divide between ‘fine art’ and mass appeal. In this sense, it is art that is challenging, thoughtful, political and provoking. 

Despite the pejorative terms used to describe kitsch, many popular contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, and Andy Warhol are celebrated for the kitsch elements in their artwork. A famously replicated single artwork that falls under the Kitsch Art genre is Dogs Playing Poker (1903) or Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962). A bizarre portrait of Mona Bismarck, by highly acclaimed artist Salvador Dali, is also considered kitsch art.

A Kitsch Art Print creates an impression of confidence, nostalgia and humour. Our range of Kitsch Art Prints can add a sense of playfulness and lightheartedness to your home. They will make a perfect addition to a games room, kitchen, and other entertainment areas. 

If you are looking to capture a moment of popular culture in an image, look no further than a kitsch art print. Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, and that is exactly what a good kitsch artwork can trigger.

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